City Nearly Doubles Budget for Lawyers Who Help NYers Fight Evictions

Mayor de Blasio today announced that he will nearly double his spending on legal assistance for tenants facing eviction, with an emphasis on New Yorkers living in the city’s 15 most rapidly-gentrifying neighborhoods—Crown Heights, Bushwick, and Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn; Jamaica in Queens; and Tremont in the Bronx, among others.

The city’s anti-eviction legal team, which currently receives $13.5 million annually and has the capacity to deal with 10,000 cases per year, will receive an additional $12.3 million to accommodate 19,000 cases annually by Fiscal Year 2017.

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